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Selling Your House? Ecloths Are Fastest Way To Clean Before The Realtor Shows Up!

June 14, 2018
Clean House Fast Before Showing

Realtor Coming – Ecloths Clean Your House Fast!

E-Cloth Kitchen and Polish Cloth

Ecloths are a life hack!  When the realtor calls, you don’t need those finger prints on the front door to cause you stress.

It’s stressful to keep a clean house, waiting for the realtor to call. Ecloths are your answer!

You’ve just got the call that that the realtor wants to show your place in 20 min.

With these two ecloths, you can make your faucets, mirrors, front door and kitchen windows spotless in about 5 min.  I know this seems impossible, but it’s true.  I’ve been in your shoes.

 I had two toddlers and was pregnant with my 3rd baby when we decided to put our house on the market.

How is this possible?  Let me explain.

Get the Glass and Polishing ecloth wet with water and then totally wrung out so that it is “just” wet.  Everything you wipe down will be totally spotless when it dries… (in about 30 seconds or less).

Get the General Purpose cloth wet and wrung out (so it’s not drippy) and you can wipe your counters, coffee table and anything else you see.

Sounds too good to be true… I thought the same thing.

Ecloths totally saved my life.  Who knew cleaning could be this easy?!

When the realtor calls and you have 20 minutes to get out… you need to be able to wipe down the bathroom mirror and the front door in 2 minutes.  Ecloths let you wipe everything.  Ecloths are universal – everything you touch will be clean and look GREAT!  

Click Here to see their whole line of products.  (Good Housekeeping featured their mops! And their dusting mitt is brilliant)

Increase Iron Levels Fast – Ferritin and Hair loss – Anemia, My Story

December 20, 2015

How To Increase Iron & Ferritin Levels Fast

If you already know you have low iron or low ferritin and you want to increase it fast, you are at the right place!
Also, if you feel you have iron deficiency symptoms, but your hemoglobin is still in normal ranges… you might actually be right!  Why?  Because chances are, you haven’t had your ferritin levels checked.

low iron ferritin levels hair loss postpartum

 

 

 

 

Here is a list of some ferritin deficiency symptoms:

Migraine headaches
Dizziness
Poor appetite
Cold hands and feet
Fatigue
Hair Loss
Thyroid Problems (if you have low thyroid – PLEASE get your ferritin levels checked)
Pale Cold Skin
Brittle Nails
Breathing Problems (air hungry, short of breath)
Craving Ice
Decreased Sex Drive

Even though normal ranges of ferritin are 20-150.  We have seen that many women do best with levels above 50, and closer to 100… especially if you struggle with low thyroid and/or hair loss.

For those of you who know about the TSH, T3 and T4, you will find it fascinating that
**Ferritin is required for transport of T3…!!!

Here is my story:

**My hemoglobin has NEVER been low.**
But then I started researching symptoms of low iron and I definitely had symptoms of low iron…
(thankfully I didn’t have migraines.  I also didn’t crave ice)

Of course, I was confused.

Then I got my ferritin levels checked… and my ferritin was AWFUL!  It shouldn’t be below 20 and mine was a 7.
A SEVEN

Increase Ferritin Iron Levels Hair Loss

How was I even functioning?

The range is 20-150.  I had almost every symptom and I felt awful.  And then I read that if your ferritin is below a 50 AND you struggle with hair-loss….you really need to get your ferritin checked, and then you need to get it up to 50 to rule out iron being the reason for the hair loss.

So, I guess this is commonly overlooked.  Your doctor or OB may even do a iron panel and “forget” to draw your ferritin… And all your levels can come back in range… but your iron can still be way too low.

I was in panic mode…

I had only a couple months before I was due to have my 5th baby.  Everyone says it takes months and months, even years to get iron levels up.

I didn’t have time on my side.  I really needed to increase my iron ferritin levels fast.  But I didn’t know how and I was afraid I’d be another sad story of a super long journey of getting out of anemia. 

Also was impatient and was so tired of feeling tired.  Also, I couldn’t afford to be tired and not functioning.  I had 4 kids, ages 6 and under and going to have a newborn.

And I know that there is lots of blood loss after baby and I didn’t have any extra blood to spare… needless to say, I was a bit frantic.

Well, after much reading and willing to do pay for my own blood test…I found something that worked!!!
(I use privatemdlabs.com – you can get any blood draw you want or need.  You simply pay, print and go to labcorp  – your results show up the next day. No doctor needed, privatemdlabs takes care of all that).

I decided on taking Enzymatic Therapy.  It seemed to have everything I needed for absorption.  I took it for 6 weeks and did a blood test… my ferritin had not increased, not at all… I was bummed.  But knew, that was “normal”.  It may take “forever” to see results in a blood test…

Back to researching.  I kept coming across people saying I needed to be taking Yellow Dock as well.  Others saying Yellow Dock couldn’t do anything for me because it’s an herb and it doesn’t have iron in it… or very little.

This is the Yellow Dock I took and it doesn’t cost much.

I didn’t have anything too loose.  And a benefit of yellow dock is that it prevents constipation and nausea that can come with iron supplementation.

I added yellow dock to these iron pills and waited 6 weeks.

You Will Never Believe That I Was Able To Triple My Ferritin Levels In 6 Weeks!

I retook the ferritin blood test and my levels TRIPLED taking the Yellow Dock with the heme Iron Pills!

Yes, they went from a 7 to a 21.

I was ecstatic!  And I was feeling so much better.  All my energy was back and that list of symptoms disappeared.  I was now within “normal ranges”  but I was on a goal to get to 50 because I always have terrible post partum hair loss at 3 months that doesn’t stop at 6 months.  I thought maybe this was my ticket.

6 more weeks of this regimen and my levels were in the 40’s.   Whoo Hoo!!!

I was almost full term and decided to wait until a week after baby to test again (when my levels should be the lowest). And my levels were in the 50’s.  I started backing off my iron to every other day and tested again at 3 mos postpartum and my levels were in the upper 90’s.  So I stopped taking the iron and the yellow dock.

Because I think this has been an undiagnosed problem for me in the past, not just this pregnancy, I get my level checked every 3-6 months to keep tabs on them.

My postpartum hair loss was much more ‘text book’.  That was amazing for me.  It lasted almost exactly 3 months.  From 3 months to 6 months postpartum and it was never severe.  Yes, it’s always disturbing to lose hair, but to know it’s only for a time and it will stop was reassuring.  With my past 4 babies, it wouldn’t stop falling out for many many months… sometimes not until I got pregnant again.

 

**NOTES
So, I think the reason that Yellow Dock made the Enzymatic Iron able to be absorbed so well, is because it increases stomach acid.  This in return allows your body to absorb and uptake the nutrients in your digestive tract.   So not only was I absorbing my iron supplementation, but also the iron in my meals every day.
Also, yes, I was afraid to take iron because I have heard all these stories of nausea and constipation.  But with Yellow Dock, there was zero problem.  It actually helps make your trips to the bathroom more pleasant.  And if you are pregnant, you’ll definitely be happy about that 😉
I took 2 iron pills and 1 yellow dock in the morning and then again in the afternoon.
Of course I am not a health professional and I am not recommending or advising you to do anything written here on this post.  I am simply sharing my experience.

 

**UPDATE – since this post, I have had several friends ask me my thoughts on increasing their low iron.  So far, everyone has had great success and fast results.  One of my friends had a miscarriage and hemorrhaged badly.  She lost so much blood everyone recommended she get a blood transfusion.  Her husband is a MD and he said she needed a transfusion. She refused but wanted to know what she could do to support her body’s ability to replace all that blood loss.  After starting the Iron Pills with the Yellow Dock and she could feel her body have more energy within 3 days.  She was amazed and so grateful to be back to 100% within a couple weeks.

Authentic Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread In A Bread Machine!!!

December 15, 2015
wholewheat sourdough bread machine

Authentic Sourdough Bread – start to finish – In A Machine!

Yes, dreams do come true.  You can make sourdough bread in a bread machine. I’m here to prove it.

And you can LOVE LOVE your results.

I grew up making homemade bread with my mother.  There is nothing like homemade bread coming out of the oven. Then I became a teenager, young adult and then a young mother and discovered if I didn’t eat bread, it was much easier to maintain my slim figure.  After my family continued to grow… I then started to quickly realize how much easier it would make my life if I simply had bread to offer my growing and ravenous family (5 boys!).

I have done a gluten free diet in the past.   And we have done paleo.  Now we do THM (trim healthy mama).  We love it and it loves us 🙂  It’s the best of all worlds.  They mention how you can use bread in your diet IF it is genuine sourdough bread.  Hard to find and expensive it is to buy from the store.  Check the ingredients, you have to make sure there is ZERO yeast and only sourdough starter in the ingredients to insure that it’s sourdough and not a “tastes like sourdough” bread.

Can I Make Real Sourdough Bread In A Bread Machine?

There were 3 hurdles that I really hoped were possible to overcome:

  • I wanted a real sourdough recipe that I could make in my kitchen – that actually tasted good
  • I wanted to use 100% whole wheat (to gain full nutritional benefit)
    (*you are welcome to use all-purpose flour in place of whole wheat)
  • I wanted to make it start-to-finish in a bread machine

I was stumped at hurdle #1.  It was frustrating.  I couldn’t get my sourdough starter to work for me….THEN, I got my starter from Sourdo, (click on the link and check them out).
Now, I was starting to get somewhere.
I got the San Fran starter.  They have many to choose from, pick any of them.

Then I found this whole wheat sourdough site, explaining that you can do 100% whole wheat sourdough.  I was in disbelief.  I had searched and searched and it was really hard to find anyone saying that was possible.  At best, most “experts” say you can do 50% blend of all purpose with whole wheat.  And this guy offered a sandwich loaf style vs the artisan style.
(I love artisan sourdough, but it’s not as useful for a daily bread for a large, growing, hungry family.)

Third hurdle… can this be done in a bread machine? ? ?
Even though I have many children, homeschool, a husband I feed/cook 3 meals a day for, laundry, and all the other myriad of things a mom of littles must do every day… I was tempted to do homemade bread in my kitchen aid or bosch mixer  – oven style.

WHY?  because I would no longer run out of bread. I would always have something to feed my hungry people.
And it is less expensive than any other food and completely wholesome!

BUT – HOW VERY nice it would be to throw all the ingredients into a bread machine and not worry about burning it in the oven because I decided to take a nap with the kids or run to the park last minute…

Then I discover the Zojirushi Bread Machine.  I bought it with my fingers crossed.

Could my dream of making sourdough bread in a bread machine be too good to be true???

It was the only bread machine that had a “homemade” setting.  This setting let you customize how long you wanted to knead your bread and how long you wanted your bread to rise before baking.  Or you could turn off the bake option and let it rise for a long time in a cooler temp and then decide to bake when you were ready.  The description online, from every source I could find didn’t tell me it could do all those things listed above.  It did say it had a “sourdough” setting, but it was for the “fake sourdough bread” with yeast. 🙁

The Zojirushi arrived and I was in heaven.  It makes a traditional looking loaf vs the tall cylinder loaf most of us have seen from the traditional bread machine.

I went to work.  My first loaf turned out, I was amazed!…. but I tweaked and tweaked and pondered and pondered as to why some loaves were better than other.  Some were absolutely PERFECT.  Others were edible.
It took me about 4 months of making bread 3 times a week, before I settled on exactly how to make a predictable loaf.

Finally, here is the recipe – if you want to make Pizza Dough – simply don’t let the bread bake and use the dough for pizza.  It makes wonderful pizza!

 

WHOLE WHEAT SOURDOUGH SANDWICH BREAD
(yes, I did up-my-game and get a scale to weigh the ingredients… makes it precise and NO utensils to clean)

  • Put the bread machine pan on the scale, zero out, set to grams
  • Pour in 315 grams of sourdough starter (I like mine like pancake batter consistency – see below)
  • Zero out scale, pour in 270 grams of warm water
  • Again, zero out, pour in 450 grams of ground whole wheat (I grind my own)
  • Zero out, pour in
    10 grams of salt
    45 grams of honey
    45 grams of oil

Stick in bread machine.  Set to homemade setting #1. Let knead for 15 minutes.  (when the “add ingredient” beeping starts – I lift the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then I add more flour if needed and shut the lid.  It almost always needs more flour.  Read this guy’s post about making whole wheat sourdough and learn about the “window pane test“.  He also shows pictures of how the dough will look when you are done kneading it.

I turn off the machine.  Turn it back on to setting #1.  Let it knead again for 15 minutes.  So now it will have kneaded for a total of 30 minutes.  If I have a busy day ahead, I leave it alone and it’s done whenever I return.

IF I have the presence of mind and the time and I’m around the kitchen/house…. (*grin*)…  I turn off the machine after it’s done kneading for 30 minutes and check on it in 4-5 hrs.  The machine is a room temp when turned off vs a warming/rising temp when in rise mode.  I think some say it’s best to let it rise 7 hrs to convert all the sugar out of the wheat.  I’ve been happy with my 4-6 hrs rise time.  You could set a kitchen timer for 7 hrs while your machine is off and then hit setting 3 (the just bake option) and let it bake when you tell it too.

This is how I have my custom bread machine setting:

Setting 1 (everything is off except the following)

  • knead 15 min
  • rise 1 hr
  • rise 3 hrs
  • bake 55 minutes

Setting 2

  • rise 4 hrs
  • bake 55 minutes

Setting 3

  • bake 55 minutes

**You can play around with these settings.  The first rise is the only one you can do for more than 3 hrs.  The second rise is maxed at 3 hrs.

FEEDING SOURDOUGH STARTER

As for keeping your sourdough starter happy from day to day… I have found it’s easier than I have read on most online articles.

Literally, this is all I do:
– I keep the starter in a wide mouth quart jar with a lid barely screwed on (so it can breathe).
It needs to eat a minimum of once a day.  It has optimum growth if fed twice a day.   And if you need bulk up your supply because you are going to be making bread every day or you want to make bread today and pizza tomorrow, then you can feed it as often as every 3 hrs.

– I feed it a couple heaping spoonfuls (of ground wheat per feeding and add some water.  I don’t measure the quantity of either, I just make sure it’s the consistency of pancake batter.  STIR WELL.

– If you are going to be away or are not going to make bread every couple days, simply stick the starter in the fridge.  Pull it out the day before you want to bake bread.  Feed it a minimum of twice before making bread.  This allows for the starter to be at full power.

 

 

NOTES:

I did the math… I can make a loaf of bread for somewhere between $1.00 – $1.50 a loaf… depending on how expensive your wheat is.  If grind your own, it’s cheaper.  Organic costs more than non-organic. But even with the highest quality of ingredients, all organic… this bread will be the freshest you can get and probably a 1/4 of the price of anything in the store.   #winning

The best priced Organic Wheat Berries are from the Azure Coop.  Easy to join and they deliver once a month all over the country.

 

Standing Desk – DIY – Cheap Solution That Works For The Home

April 2, 2013

A Standing Desk – There Is A Solution That Won’t Break The Bank

I was on the hunt for a cheap standing desk solution to using in my dining room.  (This would also work in a living room or any other room).  I just happen to have extra room in my dining room for a computer area and it keeps me close to the kitchen and my children.

So… I needed/wanted a standing desk solution that was cute, functional and had storage.  Most of the ones I found had ZERO storage… that doesn’t work for me.  I want a place to file away papers, hold desk related items and other office type things – like my camera, mailing supplies, etc.

After much brainstorming and pondering, I decided I would need to find a dresser the right height (or make simple adjustments to a dresser or keyboard so that it was raised high enough) and a couple of shelves.  So, I use a laptop as my main computer, and this would totally work for a desk top if you have a flat screen.

Ikea had the answer!  This dresser was only $80 and the two shelves with brackets were about $10 a piece (they simple pine boards that I stained to match the stain on the dresser).  I put the whole thing together for just over $100.  I already had the storage boxes.  You should easily be able to find something off of craigslist that would work if you don’t have an Ikea close by.  Make sure the dresser has space underneath so that you can stand as close to the dresser as you would like without running your feet into the bottom.

Here is it the finished product 🙂  Lots of storage and so cute!

DIY Standing Desk

DIY Standing Desk

DIY Home Standing Desk

DIY Home Standing Desk

ps. please ignore the crayola artwork on the walls  :-/

PureWash – Eco Laundry – Ozone Cleaners | Do These Systems Really Work?

December 18, 2012
Purewash Ozone Laundry Safe Clean

Are You Wondering If The PureWash, Eco Laundry and Ozone Cleaners Really Work?

If you are searching for information on the Pure Wash / pureWash system or the Eco Laundry or any other ozone system – you are searching all the similar products with the same technology.  They all use the same technology and clean your clothes perfectly with cold water and no detergents.

Sound too good to be true?!

It’s not.

It’s simply technology.

The reviews are so fun to read!

Ozone is the working component in these machines and ozone is O3.  (3 molecules of oxygen).  These machines also alkalize the water and incorporate H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide).

Your clothes will definitely come out as clean or cleaner than when you used detergents and hot water.  Now you only need to use cold water and the pureWash (laundrypure or ecowash).

They all retail for about the same price $400-$700. And it is common to find free shipping.  The best price I have found is $297 for the PureWash and it ships for free.  

These guys will last you for years – doing one or more loads of laundry a day and pay for themselves in less than a year in all the money you save from not buying detergents and heating hot water.  Not to mention that your clothes last longer and don’t fade as fast.

Now you finally can trust your husband and children to do laundry – it’s even safe to wash your darks and lights together because everything is washed in cold water.

Brilliant!

So if you are still asking the question, “Does the purewash laundry system work?”.  It really does work!

They have been using this technology in hospitals and day care centers for almost a decade because it cleans and STERILIZES the laundry!

For the best prices, check out the PureWash, click here.  And I’ll keep you up to date if there is a better price elsewhere.

Here is a video showing how the magic works: